How The Secret Marathon Was Born

Immediately after my failed SUB4ORDIE performance at the Long Beach marathon (spoiler, I bailed on the “or die” part) it was time to start planning redemption.

Some people were more adamant than others…

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Emily was the mastermind behind a secret race.  The pressure of putting my goal out there for the world (err, my handful of readers) was a big part of my mental collapse at Long Beach.  Racing undercover appealed for 2 reasons :

  1. I could focus on me, my plan, my race – not what others were seeing on livetrack, Twitter wanting to know how it was going, or spectators on the course calculating my splits
  2. If I failed again I wouldn’t have to own up to it.  What shitty race?  I didn’t race this weekend – I don’t know what you’re talking about!

Once I recovered from my mimosa/Emily/LB hangover I got to work scouting a redemption race.  A lot of people suggested jumping right back in while I was still trained and in marathon shape.

SkinnyRunner talked me into Santa Barbara saying the timing was perfect and we could go up together.  I told her my plan to keep Marathon #5 a secret she pinky promised to play along (if I promised to drive.)

So training commenced.  The weekend after Long Beach was the Chapman 5K – I hit the beach path for a 7 miler with Brian’s visiting friend afterwards.

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The following weekend I drug my sorry butt through a 20-miler at Back Bay.

And cursed myself the whole way.  Ugh that run was TOUGH.

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The timing of the Operation Jack 6 Hour Challenge was perfect – great excuse to get a long run in!

18.5 awesome super duper miles with friends for a good cause.  Yes yes yes.

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And last weekend’s Iron Girl 10K was followed up by an extra 6 miles with Chacha, Ash, and her bf. 

12.2 miles on the day.  Sounds like taper to me…

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(from PrettyFittie)

When Friday came and SR and I headed up to Santa Barbara, I felt good.  Ready to run.  Ready to tackle whatever the weather (forecast said rain), the course (rollers & a big climb at 23.5), and my body (slightly untrained but healthy) threw at me. 

It was finally time to give Sub4 another shot.

race recap coming on Monday…

Sarah OUaL

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32 thoughts on “How The Secret Marathon Was Born

  1. I don’t know how you kept it in. I suck at that stuff – unless it’s someone else’s secret. Then I got it but my own? Forget it. I am the worst fibber around.

    BTW, post-stalked your results and saw your *negative split*!!! “Boom.” indeed! That’s the way to do it (still need to figure out how myself, but anyway).

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  2. You get it girl! Congrats! I know that for some people, telling the world of their goals encourages them to complete them, and for some, that can be enough added pressure to thwart success – it doesn’t matter which camp you lie in so long as you figure it out! Also I’m glad you didn’t go along with the ‘or die’ portion of your first Sub4ordie attempt.

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  3. Funny, I was just thinking of doing a secret marathon. It’s still on my radar. We’ll see. Anyway, congrats on the PR! Make sure you work your finish time into every conversation possible for at least a month. It’s required. I’m so proud of and inspired by you! We all knew you could do it. It was just a matter of when. :-)

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  4. Congrats! And I think the idea of keeping the race secret was genius…I completely understand where the random interwebz pressure comes from! And quite honestly I think that keeping it all a secret would be an even bigger motivator! :)

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  5. I’m a new(ish) reader of your blog so just started reading around the time of your Sub4ordie race recap…and until you put in that lil qualifier up there, i thought it said Sub 4 Ordie (like ordeal?) or was it Sub Forty? I’m an idiot. NOW i see the “or die” part! ha ha! Oops!

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  6. Ugh how dare you keep this a secret from your favorite Ohio reader!!!! I will try to wait patiently as I await the official recap….in reality I am refreshing your page and tapping my foot.

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